New American Standard Bible
They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, And were at their wits' end.
King James Bible
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
Darby Bible Translation
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and they are at their wits' end:
World English Bible
They reel back and forth, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
Young's Literal Translation
They reel to and fro, and move as a drunkard, And all their wisdom is swallowed up.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They reel to and fro - The word used here - חגג châgag - means to dance as in a circle; then, to reel, or be giddy as drunkards are.
And stagger ... - This word means to move to and fro; to waver; to vacillate; and it is then applied to a man who cannot walk steadily - a drunkard. So the vessel, with the mariners on board, seems to stagger and reel in the storm.
And are at their wit's end - Margin, as in Hebrew, "All their wisdom is swallowed up." That is, They have no skill to guide the vessel. All that has been done by the wisdom of naval architecture in constructing it, and all that has been derived from experience in navigating the ocean, seems now to be useless. They are at the mercy of the winds and waves; they are dependent wholly on God; they can now only cry to him to save them. Often this occurs in a storm at sea, when the most skillful and experienced seaman feels that he can do no more.
LibraryGod's Great Deliverance of his People. --Ps. Cvii.
God's great Deliverance of His People.--Ps. cvii. part I.--The Wilderness. part II.--From Captivity. part III. From Malignant Disease. part IV. Perils on the Deep. Thank and praise Jehovah's name For his mercies firm and sure, From eternity the same, To eternity endure. Let the ransom'd thus rejoice, Gather'd out of every land; As the people of his choice, Pluck'd from the destroyer's hand. In the wilderness astray, Hither, thither, while they roam, Hungry, fainting by the way, Far from refuge, …
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns
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"They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses.
The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard And it totters like a shack, For its transgression is heavy upon it, And it will fall, never to rise again.
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